First Division - Day 37

Zaragoza 2 - Real Madrid 2

Zaragoza: César; Zapater, Ayala, Sergio, Paredes; Sergio García, Celades, Matuzalem (Oscar González 77'), Aimar (Gabi 57'); Oliveira, Diego Milito. 4-4-2.
Madrid: Dudek; Sergio Ramos, Metzelder, Cannavaro, Marcelo (Miguel Torres 79'); Guti, Diarra, Sneijder; Higuaín (Saviola 85'), Van Nistelrooy (Baptista 73'), Robinho. 4-3-3.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Zapater, Sergio, Celades, Matuzalem, Aimar, Diego Milito for Diogo, Chus Herrero, Oscar González, Gabi, Luccin, Juanfran / Madrid: Dudek, Metzelder, Cannavaro, Higuaín, Van Nistelrooy, Robinho for Casillas, Pepe, Heinze, Gago, Raúl, Robben.

1-0. 20. Oliveira. Got on end of Sergio García cross to beat Dudek on far post.
1-1. 26. Van Nistelrooy. Following up after César saved shot from Robinho.
1-2. 76. Robinho. Ran on to Higuaín pass and scooped shot over head of César.
2-2. 86. Sergio. Controlled Oliveira short pass and drove shot wide of Dudek.

Zaragoza find themselves last in a four way battle to avoid the drop after they were held to a 2-2 draw by already crowned champions Real Madrid. Desperately needing a win, Manolo Villanova's side started well, Oliveira and Sergio García going close before Oliveira turned in Sergio García's cross to open the scoring midway through the first half. But just six minutes later Van Nistelrooy equalised after César could only push out a shot from Robinho, and although Oliveira and Aimar had chances after that, the two teams went in at the break all square.

The locals came out strongly again after the break, Oliveira heading against the bar and Dudek (given a run out in place of Casillas) making first class saves from Milito and Sergio García. With just under a quarter of an hour to go though Robinho ran through to scoop the ball over the head of the keeper to give Madrid the lead. Zaragoza threw everything forward, but Dudek and his defence held fast until the ball fell to Sergio Fernández who stabbed a shot in off the post.

It was not enough to keep them from dropping in to the bottom three, but with two of their rivals Recreativo and Valladolid playing each other on the last day, fate is still in their hands. A win against a Mallorca side who are pushing for a place in Europe will not be easy, but they will give it their best shot.